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Board Approves Contract With AEA
Posted on 01/27/2020
Image of News SignThe Akron Public Schools Board of Education voted this evening on a new union contract based on recommendations of a fact finder and Sunday’s vote of approval by the Akron Education Association (AEA).

The AEA has approximately 2,400 members it represents. Tonight, the board voted to approve the three-year contract, retroactive to last July 1 when the previous agreement expired. The new agreement contains pay raises for all three years of 2.1%, 2.3% and then 2.5% in year three.

“We are obviously pleased,” said Superintendent David W. James, Ed.D. “Our 21,000 students will have no distractions or interruptions in their learning now that this has been resolved in this manner.”

After both sides reached an impasse last fall, a fact finder stepped in to make recommendations. The union and the board votes gave consideration to those findings and approved of them, thus approving a new contract.

Along with compensation, health care benefits were addressed in the new contract by offering employees enrollment in a wellness program that would reduce their premiums slightly in exchange for their participation. Teachers and the board negotiated since March of last year on not only salary issues but benefits, working conditions, teacher-student ratio, work duties, benefits and more.
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